Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie played 61 of 80 defensive snaps (76 percent) Sunday against the Green Bay Packers despite re-aggravating a groin injury. He admitted Wednesday that was only “40, 50 percent” by the end of the game.
“You have to fight through it. I know there is a couple days in between the next game. You have time to try and heal up and get back out there,” he said. “It’s very tough. You want to be 100 percent. Especially in this league with these quarterbacks. It’s just the game plan and understanding our opponent. It’s definitely hard not to be 100. You have that competitive edge. You see a guy out there fighting. It’s hard to just sit out and watch a ballgame.”
Rodgers-Cromartie was limited in practice on Wednesday.
Rashad Jennings hopeful for Sunday
Veteran running back Rashad Jennings has missed three games with a left thumb injury.
“It is definitely better. It has been progressing every day and every single week and it has been a game day – last week was a game day decision and so we are headed in the right direction and hopefully I will play this week,” he said on Wednesday.
Jennings has continued to practice on a limited basis while waiting for the thumb to heal. He has been optimistic each week about his chances to play.
“You are talking to the player, so I am always thinking that I am good and I am ready to play, but I am sure that they evaluated it and doing what is in the best interest of the team immediately and the team long term, everything is about this team, so hopefully I can help this team, this week,” he said.
Odell Beckham: “The tree will fall down”
Wide receiver Odell Beckham said Wednesday that he “can’t answer” why the team’s offense has struggled thus far, adding only that opposing defenses are “finding ways to make it difficult.”
What are those defenses doing?
“Same thing over and over again. Two-high safety, six in the box. They’re just making it difficult,” Beckham said.
Head coach Ben McAdoo has been insistent that a breakout is coming. Beckham, who caught his first touchdown pass of the season Sunday night, agrees.
“It’s coming at some point. We just have to keep pushing. Keep chipping away, keep chipping away,” he said. “The tree will fall down at some point.”
Preparing for Marty
The Ravens fired offensive coordinator Marc Trestman this week and replaced him with Marty Mornhinweg, who previously did that job with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets. Mornhinweg had been serving as Baltimore’s quarterbacks coach.
Rodgers-Cromartie was in Philly when Mornhinweg was calling plays there.
“I knew him a little bit when he was in Philly. Run a little bit but take your shots,” he said. “That’s his mentality. You’re going to see with the arm Flacco has, taking the shots.”